How To Be An Extreme Couponer In Canada

Learn How to Extreme Coupon in Canada!

Be an Extreme Couponer in Canada

Learn how to extreme coupon in Canada. Ever since the TLC show Extreme Couponing has aired, I have received numerous emails from readers begging me to give them tips on how to be an extreme couponer like the people they see on the show.

I’m sorry to break it to ya folks, but what you see on the show is not really how it all goes down. Those shoppers save up all of their “Free Product” and “High Value” coupons to use on the show, so that their hauls will be much more impressive.

They know well in advance when their shopping date will be, so they have plenty of time to order coupons (many use a coupon clipping service at a cost – a cost that is never factored into their out of pocket total).

It’s television – pure entertainment.

Is it possible to be an extreme couponer in Canada?

Yes, but don’t expect to get the same types of deals as those you see on Extreme Couponing.

Many of the people on the show have stores in their community that will double (sometimes triple!) the value of coupons. They also have catalinas that print on your receipt, which are coupons you can use for future purchases (for example: save $5 on your next purchase of $20).

In addition, they often have better in store promotions than those of us in Canada (for example: buy 5 General Mills products and get $5 off your purchase).

So, yes, you can be an extreme couponer in Canada. Just don’t expect to go to the store every week and buy $600 worth of groceries for $10. It’s near impossible.

My eBook, Money In Your Pocket, is a great resource for saving money on groceries in Canada. Please check it out if you are looking to cut back on your grocery bills.

How to Become an Extreme Couponer

Learning how to extreme coupon in Canada takes time. Becoming an extreme couponer and building a large stockpile doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to learn how to shop smart and get used to using coupons in large quantities. It took me well over a year to build my stockpile and I am still (and always will be) constantly taking from and adding items to it.

Find Coupons

If you really want to get serious about couponing, the first thing you need to do is find coupons – and find a lot of them. There are many ways to do this: tear pad coupons, coupon inserts, online coupon companies, printable coupons, coupon trading, etc.

Organize Coupons

Once you find a bunch of coupons, you will then need to organize them. My favourite way to organize coupons is the binder method, but of course, there are many other options. Choose the organizational system that you think would work best for you.

It’s important to always stay on top of your coupons. When you get new ones, organize them right away. They start to pile up very fast! Also, don’t forget to go through your coupons at least once per month and remove all of the expired ones.

Check Your Flyers

There are new store flyers every week. When you receive them, look them over and make note of the items that you think are good deals and would like to buy. Then, check your coupons to see if you have any to match up to those sale items.

I post weekly coupon match-ups every Thursday, so if you don’t have time to check your flyers, just watch for that post.

You always want to shop with a list when you go grocery shopping. Otherwise, you will just walk up and down the aisles adding random items to your cart with no real rhyme or reason. To save yourself some money, always shop with a list and never buy anything that is not on it (unless you find some great clearance deals, of course!).

Also, you need to fill your belly before you go shopping, otherwise you will shop on impulse and fill up your cart with junk food. Trust me on that one.

Stock-up on Sale Items

You always want to stock up on items when they are at their rock-bottom prices. This is how you build a grocery stockpile. Give yourself a monthly “stocking up” budget and use that money to stock up on items when they go on sale.

If you use lots of frozen vegetables and normally pay $1.99 a bag, wait until they go on sale for $1 or less and then stock up. Sales typically run about every 3 months, so purchase a 3 month supply (if you can afford it) at that low price and then you don’t have to worry about frozen vegetables for 3 months.

Always save your coupons to match up with great deals. I know it can be tempting to use a whole bunch of coupons when you first start out, but you will get the best bang for your buck if you hold on to those coupons and wait for a sale to combine them with. Avoid full price whenever possible, even if you have a coupon.

Organize Your Stockpile

Once you start using coupons for awhile and purchasing things that are on sale, you will begin to amass a collection of items. This is called a stockpile. In order to avoid chaos in your home, you need to organize your stockpile. Basements work best, but if you don’t have one available to use, here are some other ideas for stockpile storage.

Remember to always add newer items to the back and move older items to the front, to prevent expiration issues. You’re not saving any money if you just end up throwing things out!

Donate Your Extras

When you start getting the hang of using coupons and stockpiling, you will probably end up having a whole heap of items that you can’t possibly use before they expire. I would suggest donating those stockpile items to local food banks, shelters and even friends and family. Help others in need. Pay it forward. If you do good, good will come to you.

Becoming an extreme couponer is hard. It takes a lot of time, and it can be stressful. You have to find coupons, clip coupons, organize coupons, plan shopping trips, go shopping and put everything away. You will sometimes deal with cashiers that don’t want to accept your coupons. There will be great big hauls and there will be very small hauls. Expect that.

If you want to be extreme, couponing becomes a job. It’s not easy – but it can certainly be worth it!

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Posted on, April 13, 2011
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Comments
  1. Brittany says:

    Prepare to be disappointed! Just got told at walmart that they just changed their policy. You can only use one coupon per transaction. Just one in total. That’s it. I told them I’ll be taking my money and my coupons elsewhere!

  2. Karen says:

    Hello, I am wondering about the coupons that say “Good Only in US”. Will business taking them here? If not can we find the same coupons so we can use them here.

    • Amanda says:

      They won’t take them here. There are manufacturer agreements/laws for reimbursement for coupons. For most of the big brands, you can find the same coupons here. eg If you have a US coupon for Tide, you can Google “Tide coupon Canada” and you’ll get some results. You might have to do some searching, but you can probably find what you’re looking for. :)

  3. sarah says:

    I am just getting started with my couponing but I am getting frustrated with the fact that the stores keep telling me oh we only get one coupon per purchase or you cannot use the same coupon in the same transaction more than once in Canada. am i nuts or what’s the deal. and it says right on the coupon so I do any coupons in Canada that are don’t say one coupon per purchase

  4. Dave says:

    We get hosed on coupons in Canada. Rarely do you see a coupon that says half off. Free item coupons don’t exist. Asking for doubling will never happen. One coupon per transaction with a whopping 25 cents off is about it. Americans have a way better system. Oh well that’s Canada. We are so polite we get ripped off on everything.

  5. Vanessa says:

    I thought I would let everyone know, if you have a target in your area you can use a target coupon and a manufacturer coupon on the same item. They allow it and I do it everytime I go

  6. renae says:

    I live in rural central Alberta and have a very hard time finding the paper coupons offered in newspapers. I have bought the local newspapers for a month and never found inserts. A lot of the stores don’t accept the printed coupons in my area. Any suggestions? Thankx so much Renae

  7. I am interested in becoming an extreme couponer. I am only Fourteen but dedicated in trying to save money for the family. I am finding it hard, Ive got the coupons but don’t know how to use them correctly. If someone can help me find a way to understand these coupons and find a way to save money i would really appreciate it.

  8. Mia says:

    Giant tiger honours coupons and they already have pretty cheap prices. You can use more than 1 in a transaction as well. Not sure if you can use a coupon on an item that’s already on sale but I don’t see why not! I try to go there to use a lot
    Of my coupons but they do not have every product so check the flyers first or go there and make a mental note!

  9. j says:

    Yes it’s called the “scanning code of practice” and you can use it at any retail store in Ontario as far as I know. They do that because it’s their fault for not changing the price list on the shelf so it’s basically false advertising. I’ve done it before at Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart. :~) But if you don’t say anything they wont either so you HAVE to say something. Just say “the scanning code of practice gives me that item for free if it’s under 10$ or 10$ off if the item is over 10$.”

  10. Teresa says:

    No Frills frustrates me cause they always have their prices wrong and they dont honor SCOP so I just wrote a letter to loblaws companies about No Frills because they have a location here in Scarborough, Ontario that insists they dont practice SCOP which I know is incorrect. I havent gotten a reply yet but im interested to see what they say!

  11. tina says:

    have you reported them yet? the law is the law…..

  12. tina says:

    that website seems to not be operational

  13. Leslie says:

    Hi nancy I know your ad is old but I just seen that TV show and I’m so ready to do this. I live in the hat and am wondering how you’re doing with it

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